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The Poems of Jonathan Swift, D.D., Volume 1 By Jonathan Swift Characters: 1165

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But as for poor contented me,

Who must my weakness and my ignorance confess,

That I believe in much I ne'er can hope to see;

Methinks I'm satisfied to guess,

That this new, noble, and delightful scene,

Is wonderfully moved by some exalted men,

Who have well studied in the world's disease,

(That epidemic error and depravity,

Or in our judgment or our eye,)

That what surprises us can only please.

We often search contentedly the whole world round,

To make some great discovery,

And scorn it when 'tis found.

Just so the mighty Nile has suffer

'd in its fame,

Because 'tis said (and perhaps only said)

We've found a little inconsiderable head,

That feeds the huge unequal stream.

Consider human folly, and you'll quickly own,

That all the praises it can give,

By which some fondly boast they shall for ever live,

Won't pay th'impertinence of being known:

Else why should the famed Lydian king,[4]

(Whom all the charms of an usurped wife and state,

With all that power unfelt, courts mankind to be great,

Did with new unexperienced glories wait,)

Still wear, still dote on his invisible ring?

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